Knowledgebase: PHP
How to include URL or file in PHP codes
Posted by on 09 May 2013 10:40 PM

There are 2 scenarios here:

1. To include a PHP file inside hosting space:


Document root: /home/user/public_html/

Index page: /home/user/public_html/index.php

header to be included: /home/user/public_html/include/header.php

Here you can use relative path in index.php:


include "./include/header.php";


2. To include a URL in PHP codes:


If the PHP page to be included is an external URL, you would need to enable allow_url_include in PHP.INI. Do note that allowing allow_url_include is a security risk and this is not enabled by default on our shared servers. See to see the steps to enable custom php.ini (set allow_url_include to "On" there).

allow_url_include only needs to be enabled if it is an external URL and you need to include that in your codes.

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Javan DeLoach
24 June 2015 06:42 PM
My Web site features pictures of our groups cycling activities and news of coming events. The pictures are normally consolidated every two weeks on their own web page. I have a header file, navbar.htm, which provides navigation between all of the Web pages.
On my previous host, I used the "include" command on each Web page so that when navbar.htm was updated, I only had to post it once. This is not working on the Arvixe host.
I saw the two articles in the knowledge base, and using that suggestion did not work either.
I want to place the navbar.htm in a directory named "includes", then be able to call it up on all of the Web pages.
My web site is "".
Thanks for any help that you can provide.
Ryan C
06 July 2015 10:06 PM
Hello Javan,

Please reach out to our support department so that way we can take a closer look at this. It's hard to comment with the limited amount of details.

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